£5000! To help re-build a school for youngsters like these.
During the recent earthquakes in Nepal 8,604 Nepali people were killed; almost half a million homes collapsed and over 14,000 schools were destroyed; along with 260 health posts.
Nuwakot, altitude about 850m, is a very poor farming community about 75 kilometres west of Kathmandu. Extended families all live together under one roof. Grandparents to grandchildren, perhaps as many as eight, ten or more in a small house with basic facilities. They will have bamboo outbuildings for animals and storage. These people are farmers. They grow basic food crops for themselves, their livestock, goats, buffalos, cows and chickens, and to sell. There is little or no mechanisation, ploughing is done with a wooden plough pulled by two buffalo. Almost everything else is done by hand. As their way of life is so labour intensive they rise before 4am, toil all day, every day, and turn-in before 10pm.
They survive on two simple meals a day of rice or chapatti, dal and perhaps some vegetables. This would be a treat as most vegetables are sent to market to supplement their meagre income of between 300 to 500 rupees per day (£2-£3.50). Out of that they must find everything, including medical expenses, school fees, school uniform and text books. If they can’t afford medical treatment they either ignore the condition or seek help from a local shaman.
Education is so important for these families. If one child can do well at school and go on to further education and then a well-paid job, he or she, can help provide a better life for the family.
During the recent earthquakes almost every school in the region was destroyed. Not just schools, many houses were damaged or destroyed. To re-build a school, better and stronger, will cost about £30,000. Not a vast amount in UK terms but a fortune in Nepal. Mohan Lamsal, my great fried, has pledged to help re-build two schools in the area, a brave undertaking! I am going to help him achieve this?
“Better to light a candle than complain about the dark”.